Dallas Joe Warner, 78, of Albany, Ohio, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. Dallas was born on August 23, 1937 to the late Earl Roosevelt “Jack” and Rachel Rees Warner.
Dallas leaves behind his loving and grieving wife of 30 years, Dolores “Dee” Wright Warner. Dallas passed peacefully at home with Dee, his brother, and friends at his side. Dallas was an amazing man in all ways, a devoted and loving husband, caring father and grandfather, loyal friend and brother, hard-working, funny, talented, strong, kind, sensitive, and generous. He will be missed so very much and our hearts are broken.
After graduating from Jackson High School in 1955, Dallas proudly served in the U.S. Army, 3rd Infantry Division. Following basic training, Dallas was assigned to the Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C., being the first U.S. Army member to receive this honor. He was a bugler and trumpeter. While in D.C., Dallas played “Taps” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery, which he called his most humbling experience and treasured memory. For the next three years, he was stationed in Germany playing for many dignitaries and military events. On weekends he served in the Special Service Corps entertaining throughout Europe.
After an honorable discharge, Dallas spent the majority of his life in sales in different capacities. He represented Wurlitzer, Baldwin, and Kimball as he sold organs and pianos. He won numerous awards for salesmanship. A few years ago, he retired from and sold his diesel filtration business, but continued his 28+ year association with Hydrotex, home office in Texas, as Lubrication Consultant.
Dallas and his wife Dee were constant companions and enjoyed playing music together. They entertained at many events, military service organizations, weddings, celebrations, parties, benefits, senior citizens clubs, churches, fairs and festivals. Dallas had a beautiful singing voice and enjoyed playing the harmonica. His showmanship was second only to his musical talent. He could deliver and draw a vast array of emotions through his songs using his incredible tone, timber, depth and delivery. He was a true artist and Heaven’s band just received a new lead singer.
In addition to music, Dallas had a wide variety of interest and hobbies. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan, enjoyed spending time with family and friends, singing with his children and grandchildren, telling stories, serving as a judge for the State of Ohio Harmonica Contest, and sitting on the deck in the late evening with Dee and his canine buddy Duke, watching the stars and listening to the peepers or good country music on the radio. Dallas was a lifetime member of the Jackson, Ohio Elks and Athens Ohio VFW.
In addition to his wife Dee, Dallas is survived by his twin brother David J. Warner of Harrisonville, Ohio; five children by the former Janice Vance, David L. Warner, Trudi Warner, Jodi Taggart, Theodore “Ted” Warner, and Megyn Smith; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren of Ohio and Texas; nieces and nephews in Ohio and Florida; and extended family in Chillicothe, Ohio. In addition to his parents, Dallas was preceded in death by a brother, Rodney R. Warner of Sarasota, Florida.
Special gratitude to Mike and Tracie Pittman-Davis, Athens Country Club, Interim HealthCare, and OhioHealth Hospice and to everyone for their prayers and kindness.
Calling hours will be at Hughes-Moquin Funeral, 168 Morris Ave., Athens, Ohio 45701 on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Private graveside services will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe, Ohio with Pastor Don Ringer officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. You may sign the online guestbook or leave a private message of sympathy for the family at www.hughesmoquinfuneralhome.com